The on-field product Texas has been putting out has been, to put things delicately, abysmal. The only thing that is (barley) keeping Longhorn Nation in good spirits is this Texas recruiting class.
Texas is in a prime position to lure some other commitments to Austin. With the coaching carousel well underway, this Texas staff can take advantage of a few programs still being influx by flipping their commitments from their current school to Texas. Grab yourself your favorite beer, cocktail, or a cup of coffee and let’s get into who might still commit to the Forty Acres.
Jaylon Guilbeau, Cornerback, Four-Star
Texas recruiting made a huge stride on Thanksgiving, when Jaylon Guilbeau committed to the Longhorns for the second time. Guilbeau originally committed to Texas on September 19th, 2020.
After Tom Herman and his staff was fired, the four-star cornerback out of Port Arthur Texas de-committed from Texas in July of 2021. Guilbeau would then commit to TCU and Gary Patterson’s staff. Midway through TCU’s rough 2021 season, Gary Patterson would agree to mutually part ways with TCU. Leaving Guilbeau in a tough spot again, committed to a program without a coach.
Steve Sarkisian and his staff continued to get to know Jaylon and recruit him. Guilbeau would eventually decide to de-commit from TCU and come back to his original decision, Texas.
Jaylon Guilbeau will be a sight for sore eyes coming to Austin. His physical play style and willingness to tackle is exactly what the Texas defensive backfield needs. Guilbeau could be a versatile piece in the backend of the defense, having the traits to play outside corner, nickel corner, or safety.
Devin Brown, Quarterback, Four-Star
The Elite 11 number two ranked quarterback, Devin Brown made massive strides from his Junior year in HighSchool to his Senior year. Brown moved from Arizona to Draper Utah to play at Corner Canyon HighSchool his senior year, a powerhouse HighSchool program. Devin Brown was originally committed to the University of Southern California before de-committing last week.
Brown is shooting up recruiting boards after a stellar Elite 11 and Senior season. Although Texas already has a 2022 quarterback committed in Maalik Murphy, Steve Sarkisian and his staff still are making a hard push to land Devin Brown.
With the news of Lincoln Riley going to USC, it would not at all be surprising to see Devin Brown re-commit to USC. Steve Sarkisian and his staff will have to continue to push hard before Riley can form his staff.
Kelvin Banks, Offensive Tackle, Five-Star
The highest ranked player on this list according to on3 consensus, the 6’5” 315 pound offensive tackle from Humble, Texas would be a massive pickup for Texas recruiting. Kelvin Banks committed to Oregon in July of 2021, however still made an unofficial visit to Texas earlier this month.
With whispers of Banks wanting to stay closer to home, it appears the door is at least slightly open for Kelvin Banks to flip his commitment. This could be the most impactful Texas recruiting news. With Texas’ offensive line struggling mightily, Banks could have a legitimate chance to start immediately.
Jordan Hudson, Wide Receiver, Four-Star
Jordan Hudson committed to SMU in July. However, Hudson de-committed from SMU just last week with reports of Sonny Dykes going to TCU.
Texas recruiting would get a nice boost with a Jordan Hudson flip. While Texas is still all-in on the recruitment of Evan Stewart, Steve Sarkisian and the staff know that the receiver room is lacking in depth. Any 2022 wide receiver will have a chance to play big minutes in Austin.
Kip Lewis, Linebacker, Four-Star
With news of Lincoln Riley heading to USC, suddenly Oklahoma’s recruiting class is influx. Texas needs help at linebacker, especially if Demarvion Overshown declares for the 2022 NFL draft.
Kip Lewis had a lot of interest in Texas before eventually choosing to commit to Oklahoma in April. The four-star linebacker from Carthage Texas would be able to push for playing time immediately on the forty acres.
The over arching theme here is, the coaching carousel creates chaos in recruiting. These 17 and 18 year old kids committed to these schools and coaching staff, but if the coaching staff leaves they have to make a decision to stay at the school and hope the new coaches want them or leave and choose another option.
You cannot fault any of these kids for flipping their decision; it is one of the biggest decisions of their lives and we should all be rooting for them to make the decision that will be best for them.
There will be many Texas recruiting updates, so keep a look out for more in the coming weeks!
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